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November 3, 2012

Large voter turnout in Pulaski expected

Somerset —  

A veteran member of the Pulaski County Board of Elections says the general election Tuesday may see the largest turnout of voters in the history of Pulaski County.
Mark Vaught bases his projection in part on the more than 600 absentee walk-in voters by midweek and about 570 applications for mail-in absentee ballots. He said turnout may be above 60 percent (of eligible voters).
“We’ve prepared 37,500 ballots for the county’s 44,422 registered voters,” said Vaught. That would accommodate a turnout of more than 84 percent which is unlikely. “We won’t run out of ballots,” Vaught assured.
Pulaski countians normally turn out for presidential elections. Four years ago, when Democrat Barack Obama beat Republican John Cain, 26,587 went behind the curtains. Obama, completing his first term as president of the United States, is seeking a second term. He and Mitt Romney, his Republican challenger, are neck and neck, according to public opinion polls.
Romney is a hands-down favorite among Pulaski County voters. Republicans outnumber Democrats by nearly 3 to 1 –– 30,137 to 11,372.
The weather shouldn’t be a factor. A long-range forecast indicates it will be partly cloudy and cool with a high temperature of about 52.
Minor party presidential candidates whose names will be on the ballot with Democrat Obama and Republican Romney are:
• Jill Stein, a physician in Lexington, Mass. who ran against Romney for governor in Massachusetts a decade ago, is the Green Party candidate. Her running mate for vice president is Chen Honkala, Philadelphia, Pa.
• Randall A. Terry, Purgitsville, West, Va., an anti-legal abortion activist, is an independent candidate. Terry is also a candidate in Florida for the U.S. House of Representative. His running mate is Missy Reilly Smith of Washington, D.C.
• Gary Johnson, former governor of New Mexico, is the Libertarian nominee. His running mate is James P. Gray, Newport Beach, California.

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